Gaurav Sharma

Leader, Black Belt Academy APJC

Enablement Operations

Gaurav Kumar Sharma is Black Belt Academy leader for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC). In this role, he is responsible for driving Black Belt Academy adoption across APJC region with help of campaigns, roadshows, partner dialogues etc. and at the same time collecting vital feedback from Partners around how to improvise Black Belt offerings to suit Partner and Distribution requirements better. Gaurav joined Cisco in 2016, as Systems Engineering Manager, and managed all operations for the APJC Partner enablement team. It was that juncture when the idea of Black Belt Academy came into existence which gradually evolved into an industry trusted enablement framework for Cisco Partners and Distributors globally. He has a passion for talent development, outcome oriented endeavours, driving diversity in both teams and thought. Gaurav loves to lead with a long-term view on vision and strategy and likes to map all actions with organizational goals. Prior to Cisco, Gaurav had led a variety of initiatives including serving as Productivity leader for Cisco’s APJ Systems Engineering team and as a Senior Engineering Manager in Aricent Technologies (a US telecommunications and IT services company.) Gaurav has also worked as Duty Manager in Cisco TAC organization looking after both Aricent and HCL Cisco TAC operations. With overall 20 years of experience under his belt, Gaurav feels truly passionate towards contributing to the evolution of how Cisco enables it’s Partners and Distributors leveraging Black Belt Academy.


February 10, 2023


A Bridge of Help Connects to 170 Smiling Faces

With the Aeta children in mind, VST ECS created a plan to "do good" while motivating the partner community. In November 2022, they launched a month-long “Black Belt Certification for a Cause” contest for their partner community.

March 19, 2021


Aligning Social Responsibilities with Business Goals

At Cisco, “Giving back to society” has always been at the core of how we do business. This became even more relevant in our current scenario where a global pandemic has been an unprecedented catalyst for change in the way people learn, work and play.